Category Archives: Ethics

No Child Pornos, Turns Out

Still pretty gross. Why would a grown man send another grown man a picture of a little boy looking into a little girl’s underpants? Y’all are so weird. Can we see who got CC’d on that one?

Posted in Ethics

#GOPorno Scandal – Now With Kids!

This doesn’t sound like child pornography exactly, but it seems we have not reached the upper bound of how gross this is going to get. No wonder Frank Fina wanted the courts to turn off the firehose of humiliation.

Posted in Ethics, Issues

PA Legislators Accept Free Vacations with Ethics Committee Approval

Over the weekend, the AP released a report detailing privately funded trips which were taken by members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation on the dime of special interests groups.  The amount of trips taken by PA members has increased substantially … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Issues, US House, US Senate

#PAGov Shorter Corbett: Giving Me Fancy Presents Helps the Entire State

When a lobbyist gives a black lawmaker a Tiffany bracelet, PA Republicans are scandalized. But when Tom Corbett and his wife get a vacation aboard a businessman’s yacht in Rhode Island, or some sweet New Balance kicks and a dagger … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Ethics, Governor

#HD190: Vanessa Brown’s challenger wants answers about her corrupt behavior

According to Wanda Logan, Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown’s challenger in the 190th state legislative race, Brown has proven herself incapable of making the best decisions for seniors within her district. Logan’s growing concern stems from the recent revelation through a … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Greater Philadelphia, Miscellany, State House, State Politics

Graham Spanier Complaint Accuses Frank Fina of “Blatant Violation” of Spanier’s Attorney-Client Privilege

From the Legal Intelligencer’s report on former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s lawsuit against Kathleen Kane, which tries to get the charges against him dropped: The complaint focuses on Fina’s actions during the grand jury testimony sessions of Spanier and … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Governor

#BlingSting: What If Frank Fina Just Wants Cover For Botched Sandusky Investigation?

The most important thing to know about the fake controversy over Kathleen Kane’s decision to drop the unprosecuteable Corbett AG sting targeting black Philadelphia Democratic elected officials doesn’t appear until quite far into Thomas Fitzgerald’s Sunday piece: Kane’s troubles give … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Governor

In Defense of PA’s “Broken” Campaign Finance System

I don’t entirely disagree with Colleen’s post earlier today on using the proposed gift ban legislation to further foment campaign finance reform in Pennsylvania. However, I do think that there are under-appreciated aspects Pennsylvania’s “wild west” system of funding campaigns. … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Issues, Open Government, State Politics

Should the PA gift ban be accompanied by real campaign finance reform?

Politicians have been jumping on the bandwagon to create new laws in the wake of Attorney General Kane’s “scandalous” handling of a government corruption case, but do their attempts for reform go far enough? As it stands, corporate and union … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Ethics, Miscellany, State House, State Politics, State Senate

Luke Ravenstahl’s Lawyer Unveils Greatest. Excuse. Ever.

What on Earth! Imagine getting paid to say stuff like this with a straight face: Mr. Ravenstahl referred comment to his attorney, Charles Porter, who said the former mayor took the computer because he was concerned the Peduto administration would … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics, Pittsburgh / SW Region